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people's rights to a jewish state. >> president obama in israel -- the chill is gone. >> i see this visit as an opportunity to reaffirm the unbreakable bond between our nations. >> rand paul, the man with a plan. >> i call the plan trust but verify. >> republicans look at what went wrong in 2012. >> when republicans lost in november, it was a wake-up call. >> the war in iraq 10 years later, the budget that refuses to die. >> our budget plan reduces the deficit without raising taxes. >> the republican plan is the same baby with a new diaper. >> we know tt until recentl president obama and israeli prime minister netanyahu enjoyed what can be politely described as a somewhat strained relationship. on april 7 of last year, the "new york times" reported benjamin netanyahu and mitt romney enjoyed a warm relationship. almost one year later, the israelis have given obama a medal. they appear to be on the same page on iran. >> diplomacy and sanctions have not stopped iran's nuclear programs. diplomacy and sanctions must be augmented by a clear and credible threat of military action. >> we will do
? >> this story will not have a happy ending. what we saw this week was barack obama at his best, connecting with an audience, and he made a compelling case for the need for a two-state solution, the security of israel and the well- being of the region. >> charles? >> the emphasis has been on personality. what happened is obama changed his positions on the settlement and the peace process. he realized he made a terrible mistake in the first term. he insisted on a settlement freeze as a preconditio. it wrecked peace negotiations and stopped everything. he changed, went back and said in a startling statement that if you get a peace agreement, the sttlement will be resolved-- talled automatically. so, they are not the central issue. by removing that, i think he changed the relationship with the israelis in a positive way. >> in some ways, i think he is right about this. it is also true that benjamin netanyahu is facing a different situation at home. he does not have the same kind of majority, came closer to losing than people thought he would. obama was reelected despite his attempts to prevent
that in the obama recovery, family income went down to $2,500 a year, where during the recession, income went down $1,500 a year. families were doing worse, yet in the campaign, obama ran an extremely good campaign, and he won despite his disadvantages and he won frankly in a predictable way. he made the election about his opponent. the romney people allowed obama to define romney. this was rather than romney defining romney, and that is why it is important for republicans to look back and say, what did we do wrong? the idea that the republican party is in some terrible shape -- certainly i do not buy that. i have seen terrible shape. i remember watergate, i remember when the 13% of americans identified themselves as republicans, and the national chairman appointed people to see if we should change the name of the party. for 40 years, the most number of republicans in the house was 192. today we have 230 something, and it is absolutely right to figure out what you did wrong, and the obama people outperformed republicans in a number of ways. the idea that we are on the brink of going out of busines
people think we have had such a contentious relationship. he had a past relationship with president obama. most would deny it. mittsaid that he supported romney. he did not do much to support president obama and this election recycle. --did they do a lot to bid bridge the gaps. , we sawuld be persuaded the israeli public they even though it may started with mistrust towards obama, it ended this week with a lot of affection. --really did manage to build bridge some of these gaps. he arrived in israel on wednesday. he met with the prime minister and president perez. he traveled to the west bank and he met with the palestinian authority. on friday, meeting with the president of jordan before playing tourist yesterday and he asked to washington about iran's ambitions. here is more from the trip and the comments of the israeli prime has -- president. we discussed the long-range issues for both of our countries. among these is iran's relentless pursuit of nuclear weapons. , you have made it clear that you are determined to preventing iran from developing nuclear weapons. i appreciate your forth
'll see you next fox news sunday. >> this week on the journal, editorial report. president obama's middle east mission, he is calling for renewed peace in the area, as the syrian conflict escalates with claims of chemical weapons, will it make a difference? the president courts controversy at home with his pick to the labor department. did thomas perez interfere with a supreme court court of decision, and his theory on discrimination. and labor's effort to hide cigarettes will meet the same fate as the big soda ban? >> it is possible, it is possible. i'm not saying it's guaranteed. i can't even say that it is more likely than not, but it is possible. >> paul: welcome to journ"the journal editorial report", i'm paul bgigot. that's president obama in israel and the first thawing the often frosty relationship with benjamin netanyahu. is it a turning point in the region? let's ask dan henninger and global view columnist bret stevens. so, bret, the big news out of this, or at least at the surface, that a new good feeling between prime minister y netanyahu and president obama. real or does it m
chris: david, that sounds pretty tough. you think of barack obama as we all know them. he was really there, he was against the iraq war. he was president because of that. >> make no mistake, this is a president that does not want to get into another war. as he looks at syria, he sees a slippery slope. he does not want to slide down it. he had to make those statements this week because he had had said that use of chemical weapons would be a red line. he never said what he would do about it. the one thing that you can be certain of, as obama looks at syria and iran, he wants to avoid any kind of entangling war, long expedition nature war like america has fought over the last 10 years. chris: these wars, if we go into iran, does anyone think it's a quick war, in and out, without historic repercussions on the other side? >> absolutely not, which is part of the reason why nobody within the -- there are very few people in the administration that have any sort of appetite for a war in iran. the same goes with syria. we saw with the libya entanglement, we saw sort of barack obama'
cake and candles, the birthday bash for obama care t president's health care law turning 3ears old. and the ft couldn't be happier. >> it's helped us honor our promise of life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. >> but as democrats party we're unwrapping more costs hidden in the health care law, a gift now standing 67 inches high, taller than the president when you pile on all of the new regulations. cashen in crashing the party right now. >> hello everybody. i'm eric boling. wayne rogers, jonathan and tracy all joining us this week. welcome everybody. don't crack the bubbly yet. it's three years since president obama signed owe bbama care. boy, is it starting to get messy. that's not republicans declaring it messy. that's one of the architects of the law saying it. watch. >> i think we know it'soing to be messy. there's going to be things that come up that are unanticipated. >> he's right. we bought this cake the woman there said you know what, obama care, that's why my hours got cut. i guess we can expect more of that. >> you are going to see a lot more of that. this is one exampl
. >> big decision to make. eric? >> kerry is in iraq today. president obama returned from his four-day tour of the middle east. the first foreign trip of his second term. first trip to israel as president. some view the trip as a so-called charm offensive. israel and an attempt to thaw the rocky-strained relationship he has with binyamin netanyahu. is that relationship now thawed? will it work? what about iran? joining us as always on sunday mornings, former ambassador john bolton and fox contributor. good morning, ambassador. >> good morning. glad to be with you. >> good to see you, as always. how did he do? how about the relationship between the president and the prime minister? >> i think that the president's trip always had two purposes. one was the public political aspect of the trip to try to repair the very visibly frosty relationship that he had with israel and in his first term. and i think that he largely accomplished that, photo opportunities were great. the -- they had humor, a couple of hugs. really what else could you ask for? but underneath, the second purpose of the trip, i
the violence being inflicted by the bashar al-assad regime. president obama expressing frustration with those who question the president about why the united states is not doing more to intervene in the syrian conflict. >> it is fair to say that the united states often finds itself in a situation where does criticize militarily. if we don't go in militarily, then people ask why we are not doing something. lou: senator carl levin, pushing president obama to take a hands-on approach to the removal of bashar al-assad. and as senator john mccain looking for a no-fly zone to be instituted. while calling for surgical airstrikes to help drive the bashar al-assad. the president repeated that any evidence of this weapon to use would be a game changer, as he put it. president obama defended his administration's reluctance to use military force to quell the syrian civil war. >> when we are working with the syrians themselves, so this is not externally imposed, but rather something that is linked directly with the aspirations of the people inside of syria, it will work better. lou: the king has also said
senators, deans on the professional staff. now, imagine if the obama administration felt the same responsibility to manage the federal government in the same way. >> a sequester for the university. all right. jason? >> this is a miss for new york governor andrew cuomo who wants to extend the temporary tax increase on high income earners in the state after promising to let it expire. for the second time extending that temporary tax increase. do you think voters would learn after a while they're being played here? apparently not. out in california governor jerry brown sold californians on a temporary tax increase for high income earners in his state. i guess the blue state liberals never learn. >> paul: bret? >> briefly a hit for pope francis off to a fantastic start and i think this is obviously true for catholics and even as a non-catholic you see a pope getting out and mingling with people and showing love and humility to the people assemblying by the hundreds of thousands in rome to see him. next week, he's going to go and wash the feet of inmates in a prison for young offenders
. >> question, was president obama's speech to college students in israel and the trip itself designed to reset u.s.- israeli relations that were badly strained and president obama's first term? >> yeah, john, and you're right, it's an israeli-u.s. reset, and i think it was a great success. i think the president's speech was outstanding to the young israelis. i think it was full of realism and idealism. what he has done, he has walked away from the idea that israel has to stop building settlements, and as a reality there's not going to be any palestinian state as long as you have the president meeting with netanyahu, lieberman, and those folks in power, but i do think there's been a reset in relations with israel. but john with the whole middle east, look at muslim brotherhood in egypt, hamas, gaza, the jordanian king is in trouble, syria is about to collapse in anarchy. you've got hezbollah in lebanon. i think that whole area is moving the other direction. if i were the president of the united states, i believe what he wants to do and ought to do is get out of dodge. >> eleanor. >> i can't rem
open until a hearing to appeal that decision in may. mr. obama arrived at joint andrews in maryland, j >>> president obama is back home. he arrived in maryland a few hours ago after visiting idrail, the west bank -- israel, the west bank, and jordan. but it wasn't all business. the president managed to do some history-minute sight-seeing before he left. >> reporter: president obama, the tourist, walked through the ancient city of petra in jordan. >> spectacular. >> reporter: in iman, he met with king abdullah, and announced he's working to deliver an additional $200 million in aid to help jordan care for the more than 460,000 refugees. >> the sight of children and women being slaughtered that we've seen so much i think has to compel all of us to say what more can we do? >> reporter: president obama spent the first three days of his mid-east visit here in israel. he reaffirmed his commitment to the country's security and sat down through several meetings with prime minister benjamin netanyahu. >> reporter: president obama also used a speech to israeli students to make a direct appeal t
. the next fiscal battle is anticipated in july when president obama will likely ask congress for increased borrowing power. >>> there is a meeting between pope francis and his predecessor today. the new pope met pope emeritus benedict. benedict has been living at the papal summer palace since retiring last month. the vatican says benedict gave pope francis a pledge of obedience. observers say there's to show there is no power struggle inside the catholic church. the two prayed together and then they had a private meeting and lunch. >>> president obama has just arrived back in washington tonight from a four-day trip to the mid-east. the president got a chance to be a tourist at the an sent city of pitra in jordan. this is the most popular tourist attraction in jordan. president obama made his first visit to israel on this trip. >>> cities around the bay area had mark earth hour by dimming lights on public buildings in two hours. it begins at 8:30 tonight. the bay bridge as you can see in this picture along with the golden gate bridge and san fransisco city hall will go dark. san fransisco w
-- before he unveils his budget. again, i think that it really comes -- from president obama to take a lead, to keep meeting with republicans and enable to try to bring the parties together to find a way to find common ground. right now, we are not seeing it-- >>> is that fair? talking about march madness? i mean, look, that's -- he does do that. but they are dealing with the budget. he's going to unveil it, i think this next week. >> right. he's the one president who has taken the long toast unveil a budget. why wait for four years for the senate to pass a budget, to have a cut-and-paste document that shows much more of the same -- stimulus spending and raising taxes at the end, no savings, which is what the editorial board of the washington post said, the democratic plan had no scpaiftion will not deal with the long of this term fiscal issues of our country. >> eric: do how do we get out of this? >> the two parties coming together will produce some results. i don't think anybody should be wild eyed about the prospects of everybody reaching across and meeting the other guy more than halfwa
direction. >> just this past weekend, chuck todd with a series of questions to president obama, as the president continued his trip through the middle east and was joined by the israeli prime minister benjamin netanyahu. >> thank you, mr. president. mr. president, i want to follow up a little on the peace process. you began your first term, big fanfare, cairo speech to talk to the muslim world, the decision to have a middle east envoy early. you weren't going to let this slip to your second term, the second term with the mideast peace process. what went wrong? why are we further away from a two-state solution. i know you said you want to talk more about this tomorrow, but what do you believe went wrong? did you push israel too hard? what do you wish you would have done differently? and mr. prime minister, i want to help out my colleague here, with a follow-up, do you accept the president's understanding that iran is a year away when it comes to nuclear weapons. another question i have for you -- >> you are like the israeli press. you say you have one question, and then -- the l
. that is what he did to his people, america. bernie, this could only happen in the obama administration. >> is absolutely right. speaking of money, you you know, it is not that incongruous because they are paying for the department of education among other things. >> we owe them everything. >> absolutely right. quote away. i mean he killed his own people. he didn't kill us, right? >> greg: but he did kill millions of people. why can't mou be a role model for kids? we have elmo. >> and i do like mr.pibb by the way. i actually disagree with the coat. i think he was wrong. he says -- no, we should be in satiable in our learning. he is saying accept mediocrity. no, we should be learning insatiably. that being said we owe the chinese so we have to say whatever they want. >> that was like a charlie rose thing you said right there. >> take a break. we will arm wrestle later. patti ann browne does really good. >> you outraged o are are quite handsome. >> greg: she is as pretty as bill is repulsive. >> that is almost like a compliment. >> you don't have to help him. >> greg: is this a sim is man
it was the other side. but u.s. intelligence officials have not been able to confirm the reports. president obama has said that chemical weapons would be, quote, a gameing us for a fair d balanced discussion. congressman edroyce and the ranking member of the committee, congressman eliet engle. welcome to you both. >> thank you. >> shannon: mr. chairman, your reaction to the news that the opposition leader, backed by the syria says he's resigning because he hasn't gotten enough support? itch this is a big problem. we have finally made a decision, it's too late in the game, to use actionable intelligence it and to assist the free syrian forces on the ground. but here's why we needed to do more to assist this faction. their competition against assad is the cited franchise that operate there is, mostly foreign fighters. so if we with our intelligence and by giving the green light to our allies, if we can do more to assist the free syrian army, we can destabilize and perhaps remove assad. the sooner that happens, the better. i say that because assad now has iranian troops on the ground in syria. we do
after liberals were dancing in the streets over president obama's reelection they are now crying in their beer and some don't even drink beer but they started. because they are are now realizeing that their taxes have gone up. way up in some cases. and obama care which was supposed to save them $2,500 a year is busting their budgets as the cost of their healthcare is soaring. ultraliberal comedian bill maher must have met with his accountant and gotten his tax bill. here is what he said. >> rich people i'm sure you would agree with this actually do pay the freight in the country. something like 70%. and here in california i just want to say liberals you could actually lose me. it is outrageous what we are paying. over 50%. i'm willing to pay my share but it is ridiculous. >> mike: like he realizes between the federal tax hike and california's highest income tax in the nation he is going to now be paying about 60% of his income in taxes. and democratic strategist donna brazil who i really respect and like noted that her health insurance was sharply higher than before obama care an
. president obama, back in washington this morning following his middle east trip. forress is in recess passover and easter. the senate concluded its first budget in four years. michael bloomberg is launching a new ad campaign for guns and background purchasers. sunday, march 24, but we start with the front page of "the new york daily news." the me just read a portion of what they're writing -- host: politico is reporting on a story this morning, michael bloomberg pushing senators in a $12 million ad campaign, running the ads in 13 states during the easter and passover recess focused on expanding background checks for gun purchasers. solemnly supporting republicans in states where groups can most influence the upcoming votes. we would get your calls and comments on this. you can join us on line, twitter.com/c-spanwj, or send us an e-mail, journal@c-span.org. or you give us a phone call, for democrats, 202-585-3880. for republicans, 202-585-3881. for independents, 202-585-3882. let's take a line -- let's take a look at one of the latest ads from mayor michael bloomberg. [video clip] >> t
challenges against proposition 8 and the defense of marriage act. >>> president obama is back home in the u.s. he was in israel, the west bank, and jordan. >>> secretary of state john kerry remains in the middle east including meeting with benjamin netanyahu. he urged iraqi leaders to overcome sectarian that threatens the stability. let's go to kristen welker. what is the president saying about the trip to the middle east? how are they characterizing this trip? >> reporter: hi, alex. officials believe he set out to do. he also reaffirmed the united states' commitment to the israeli people. the israeli people were skeptical about that prior to the trip. and then there was an unexpected diplomatic victory where president obama, through arm twisting, convinced netanyahu to call turkey and apologize for a deadly raid against a turkish ship. that will be key in moving forward with issues like syria and tries to reopen the peace process in the middle east. so i think white house officials are feeling good about the trip. the big question, if you talk to experts in the region, is what is president
and the stories that you are talking about, but first, the day's headlines. president barack obama back home after a busy trip to the middle east and he arrived at andrews air force base after the trip that took him to jordan and the west bank. secretary john kerry did not arrive on air force one. he stayed around to talk to the israeli leader e. >>> the motion to vacate is granted. >>> david ranta spent 23 years in prison for a murd her didn't commit. he was wrongfully convicted of killing a rabbi, and the lawyer says that his client plans to kill the city of new york. >>> and joe weeden died today. he is a legend in body building and controlled the world's biggest sports empire. he also introduced the world to mr. arnold schwarzenegger and also brought flex and he died at his home. he was 93 years old. here is what else we are working on. >>> did you know that your neighbor or friend could be a sociopath with all of the high profile murder trials, we checked to find a surprising statistic. hope you are sitting down. >>> we announce you married. >> is going gay? at least on the path to marriage.
a moment. but first, let's get you up to speed on some of the day's headlines. president barack obama back home after a busy trip to the middle east. he arrived at joint base andrews earlier after his first visit to israel as president. the trip also took him to the west bank and jordan. secretary of state john kerry didn't return on air force one. he stayed behind to hold separate talks with israeli and palestinian leaders. >>> the defendant's motion to vacate the judgment is granted. >> david ranta was freed from prison after spending more than two decades behind bars for a murder he didn't commit. tonight he is recovering from a heart attack. david ranta was wrongly convicted of killing a new york rabbi in 1990. his lawyer said he plans to sue the city of new york. >>> and joe weider died today. in the 1960s, he introduced the world to a young athlete from austria named arnold schwarzenegger and he founded the mr. olympia competition. he died at his los angeles home. he was 93 years old. >>> here's what else we're working on -- did you know your neighbor or friend could be a sociopath?
in july when president obama will likely ask for increased borrowing power. president obama has returned to washington tonight after his trip to the middle east. the president took a break from diplomacy for the final leg of the trip touring the ancient city ever petra in jordan of the petra was built more than 2,000 years ago, carved out of stone between massive delivers. mr. obama called the scene royry spectacular." >> activists in san francisco gave training on how to protest against the keystone xl pipeline during president obama's upcoming visit. a few dozen gathered at federal building to take part in the training and if approved bit obama administration that pipeline could carry oil from alberta, to refineries on west coast. >> the struggle over california's mental health care of prisoners returns to court next week. a federal judge will consider w whetherbillions of dollars have improved the system enough. advocates for the prisoners say their basic rights have still being violated including a suicide rate that is getting worse of case resumes wednesday in sacramento with a ru
in this area. closed-captioned by j.r. media services, inc. burbank, ca >>> the latest on president obama's affordable health care plan, and how it will affect you and your family. plus, how to prepare for the next big one and learn how to give kids the leading edge in schools. all next on "black renaissance." . >>> good morning, i'm your host dr. brenda wade. we have all heard by now about president obama's affordable health care act, commonly known as obama care. most of us have no idea what it means or how it will affect us and our families. here to offer her take on this system, is board certified anesthesiologist and member of the association of american physicians and surgeons, dr. marilyn singleton. welcome, dr. singleton. >> hi, good to see you. >> thank you for being with us. now, obama care is complex. everyone is trying to figure out what does it mean, how will it impact us. as a physician, of course, you have your point of view, sort of from the inside. what would you say to most of us lay people from your vantage point? >> i would say that there are some great things about th
obama. how often does he play basketball and golf. i wish i had that kind of time. he is lazy but the media won't report that. i didn't come up with that obama said that to barbara walters. cnn embarrassed herself by trying to spin that has a racist comment that the words were echoing the president's own words. many in the liberal media reacted as expected but as the author points out they are not so liberal when it comes to accepting points of view. >> why is it the cultural left, you know, he drives them crazy. >> well, i don't know. i think he doesn't drive me crazy. it's more of a question how much tolerance people have for other points of view. roger is so direct and can be abrasive a and at times he is intentionally abrasive. he likes to pull people's chains. he told me a couple of times, i'm not a pudger but i'm a countered puncher. that certainly the way he sees himself, under assault by the cultural elite. when people fight back, they are controversial and roger is tough fighter. >> jon: he did build fox news channel into number one. tough being on top. everybody is t
to reconcile these two documents. the house budget would balance after ten years. repeal obama care. no tax increases. the senate budget doesn't get to balance after ten years, it includes $1 trillion of tax increases, even some stimulus money to try to get the economy going. but it's significant that they're fighting at a lower level of intensity and turmoil. notice that the congress left for easter break without a crisis over a government shutdown. there was no crisis over potential debt limit, and government default earlier this year. could come back this summer but so long as it lasts, that's calming for the markets and good for the economy, and it may, lester, leave some space still for a compromise in which democrats would agree to changes in cuts in medicare and social security, and republicans would come up with a little bit more tax revenue, lester. >> all right, john harwood tonight, thank you. >>> president obama wrapped up his four-day visit to the middle east today, after helping israel and turkey end a three-year diplomatic dispute. that, in turn, will help the region deal wit
obama regresa a estados unidos tras finalizar su gira de 4 dÍas por el medio oriene que incluyo israel, palestina y jordania, abandonÓ este paÍs luego de visitar la antigua ciudad de petra. uno de los aspectos fue reiterar a israel su apoyo. >>> y seguimos con otra noticia, obama siguiÓ con su ofensiva para controlar las armas, en su mensaje por radio el mandatario seÑalÓ que el paÍs cambio desde la matanza en newton. >>> un inaudito accidente enluta a una familia en alaba, que vio como una pantalla gigante en el aeropuerto en el que estaban les caÍa encima. natalia cruz nos explica cÓmo sucediÓ esta tragedia que se cobrÓ la vida de un pequeÑo. >>> la familia se disponia a volar a casa. pero sus vacaciones terminaron tragicamente cuando una pantalla de mÁs de 300 libras le cayÓ encima a la madre y sus cuatro hijos. otros viajeros ayudaron como pudieron a ayudar a la familia que quedaron debajo del panel y que requiriÓ la fuerza de 7 hombres. se eschucharon muchos gritos, pero escuchabas los gritos de las vÍctimas, los niÑos llorando, recuerda uno de los buenos samaritan
tv, john lott argues that thanks to president obama we're on the verge of economic and social collapse. it's about an hour, 20. [applause] >> well, i greatly appreciate the chance to be here. you've had quite a few distinguished speakers in the past recently, so it's nice to, i feel honored to be added to the list. i've been asked to talk about the new book that i have that just came out just within the last two weeks. it's entitled "at the brink: will obama push us over the edge?" and i think like maybe a lot of americans there's a lot of really crucial things that are happening right now. i think, unfortunately, in some areas the president's policies have permanently damaged the country. there are other areas where i think we're close, that things can still be fixed, and disaster can be averted in some areas. but i'm going to try to go through a few of the topics that i have, everything from health care to the economy generally to gun control. you know, just on gun control there's been a lot of things that have been happening over just even the past few weeks. i was in colorado a couple
exercise. one of the pilots was killed. four other people were injured. >> barack obama was in israel for his first official visit. he also visited the occupied territories. not everyone in the west bank was pleased to see him. he had strong words of support for the palestinian cause when he gave a speech to young israelis in jerusalem. thatraelis must recognize continued settlement activity is counterproductive to the cause of peace, and an independent palestine must be viable with real borders that have to be drawn. put yourself in their shoes. look at the world through their eyes. it is not fair that a palestinian child cannot grow up in a state of their own. living their entire lives with the presence of a foreign army that controls the movements, not just of theirs young people but their parents and grandparents everyday. >> obama also made clear that america's alliance with israel is eternal. many palestinians were disappointed that despite those words, he did not demand that israel stop building settlements. peace between israelis and palestinians look as far off as ever. durin
-arab conflict. president obama his first call was to present mahmoud abbas, the head of the palestinian authority. how did i get t derailed? it seems like it's no longer maybe again become a front burner issue but for at least three years of the presidency, went to the back burner. what happened? >> guest: several things. it certainly wasn't from lack of trying on the part of this administration. you can sum it up by saying expectations were raised way do i buy the president. by the administration. there was a belief that perhaps there was the winner of opportunity that could be used to advance the talks, but there was initiating in the united states about what has changed on the ground in israel and in the palestinian territories, and were each of the player was, netanyahu and mahmoud abbas. there is also the sense that a few the american president you can make anything move, and then you go against reality. it's not enough to be the candidate of change, the president of change. there is certainly out on the ground. sometimes the person of a president can help make things move along. b
made fun of his greatest weakness, speaking english. now you have obama turning the table a bit. he makes fun of himself, but he uses comedy like a comedian, like a weapon, it's very effective. >> other presidents have had some good lines of their own. here's george w. bush at the 2008 correspondents dinner poking fun at then-candidates. >> next year a new president will be standing up here. i have to say i'm kind of surprised we don't have more presidential candidates here tonight, like any. senator mccain's not here. he probably wanted to distance himself from me a little bit. you know, he's not alone. jenna's moving out too. the two democratic candidates aren't here either. senator clinton couldn't get into the building because of sniper fire and senator obama's at church. >> all right. how is that any different than obama, dean? really. >> where did you find that? that ruins my entire thesis of my article. i can't believe you would find that and ruin it. it's true, some presidents and i read about them and i even reagan used a few jokes sometimes about his enemies -- or rivals i
of barack obama when it comes to drones, on the other hand, you are to the right of congressman paul ryan, whose budget you oppose, voted against this weekend, in the senate, because you say that it doesn't cut the budget balance -- budget fast enough. do you think there is room for a realistic, feasible presidential candidate who is to the left of obama on some issues and to the right of paul ryan, on other issues? >> i think we have a confusing spectrum, the left-right spectrum doesn't always work for people but because of the confusion it shows that someone like myself, i think, could appeal to young people, independents and moderates, because, many of them do think it is a mistake to put people in jail for marijuana use and throw away the key. so, i think there are people who would like a less aggressive foreign policy and there are all kinds of issues that don't neatly left in the left-right paradigm that i think would help, because we're not doing very well in a lot of these states, purple and blue states and we need a candidate that would appeal across the left-right paradigm. >> c
learned that that the assault weapons ban that president obama pushed, all but dead in the senate. even though the president is going to continue to push for a vote. this will come to the floor of the senate when they return from their two-week easter break in early april. the president will continue to push. but the real issue now, is whether or not, the senate will expand background checks for all purchases. those in gun shows and those from stores that sell guns. right now, it only applies to those that are sold in stores. big fight over this right now, the nra is not backing down. that's where the action is going to be. >> thank you, george. george has a big show this morning. including a face-off between jim messina and karl rove, that's later on "this week." >>> let's check in with ron claiborne. for a look at the other developing stories this hour. hey, ron. >> hi there, bianna and dan. >> good morning, everyone. >>> secretary of state john kerry arrived in baghdad this morning on an unannounced visit. kerry is urging leaders there to stop iranian planes to stop flying over iraqi
.s., the obama administration, very reluctant to get in involved. we just had gotten out of iraq, are still in afghanistan and the american people are drained. there is growing pressure on both left and right, particularly from both carl levin, and john mccain, the leading armed services republican last week, writing to the president saying, we've got to do more. we've got to stop assad from hitting his own people from the air. we've got to take out some of his air power, and we should be using military force. craig? >> nbc's andrea mitchell in amman, jordan. andrea, thank you. safe travels. >> reporter: sauthank you so mu craig. >>> and president obama is back at 1600 pennsylvania avenue after a busy four days in the middle east. he met with israeli, palestinian and jordanian leaders but did not get a happy homeum canning this morning from house intelligence chairman mike rogers. >> this has such global implications, and i really, candidly i thought the trip was a dus appointment for us. i think the president's squandered great opportunity to actually show leadership. >> reporter: and epic
and jordan while a reinvigorated peace process is one goal, more pressing concerns for the obama white house, the threats from iran and the effect of the relentless bloodshed in syria. we want to begin with some analysis about the president's trip this morning with our chief foreign correspondent richard engel back from the region. he is in new york this morning. i have david brooks of "the new york times" and e.j. dionne with the "washington post" here with me in washington. richard, let me start with you. the president called on israel to renew efforts to the creation of a palestinian state. he helped restore the israeli/turkish relationship. so what else do you think he can return with that he can actually build upon? >> well, i think the reconciliation between turkey and israel is something that's very important, because i wouldn't see the chances right now of an israeli/palestinian reconciliation, but i do think the middle east recognizes that there are urgent regional matters as syria implodes that the region needs to have some sort of summit and turkey is going to play a big part of t
privately before the meeting even begins, which is why i am excited that president obama seems to have changed course in the last three days. [laughter] i am sincere about this. it seems he's invited republicans for the first time to dinner 12 senators and president discussing without press conferences before without much comment afterwards to see what each side has in terms of with their aspirations have. he had lunch with paul ryan. for the reasons we don't understand is ronald reagan would of done that, george bush would have done that and for the country to be successful we have to put aside some of this vitriol that exists and begin to recognize it just because the other side doesn't have our view it doesn't mean that they are not motivated for love of country. we have to get to a different place where we can find a broad consensus based on principles. that's how we will win. ronald reagan for me is someone that is a role model not because of his great success. she is certainly that but also a role model for the political system that we have today. imagine a country with the energ
, washington. >>> president obama is heading back to the united states after wrapping up his visit to the middle east. he visited petra in jordan before departing for the capital, amman. jordan was the last stop on president obama's four-day trip to israel and the palestinian territories. it was his first visit as president. new details surrounding san jose's tenth homicide of the year. police released a picture today of the man, did they suspect of stabbing a young mother to death on friday. the crime happened in broad daylight in a parking lot across the street from the sheriff's department. 25-year-old juan ramirez had been stocking sandra cruz for about two years. the 29-year-old victim leaves behind a 10-year-old son and was afraid of ramirez. she had a restraining order against him. >> she was doing all the right things. she was contacting the police department, reporting these crimes, pulling out restraining orders trying to protect herself from this individual. it's unfortunate this happened. it appeared that she was doing everything she could do to avoid him. >> investigat
, obama and bernanke, they are robbing us of our savings. i like what e-mack is saying. my 401(k) has outperformed social security during my career and i think all americans should enjoy that. >> morgan, you're on the younger side. what do you think? you think the money is going to there be when you're ready to retire? >> not necessarily which is why i'm all for reforming social security but i don'think we should scrap it. i think there is a larger issue that people aren't saving because they don't have money to save. we have 12 million americans unemployed, 10 million homeowners who are still under water on mortgages, cost of gas, cost of everything has essentially gone up while our salaries have gone down. if you don't have money you can't save it. if we want to fix -- fix people's ability to save and actually ironically people's ability to contribute to social security we need to focus on job creation. >> job creation, not social security elimination. >> social security is an abomination on its very best day but i will point out that we did make promises to people nearing retiremen
his first trip to israel as president, barack obama this week issued a strong call for peace in the region. the president repeatedly pledged his support for israel's security but he also said israel will thrive only when there is an independent palestine. so far, there's been little recent progress on peace talks between the two sides. also this week, obama visited israel's holocaust memorial yad vashem. and he toured the ancient church of the nativity in bethlehem, the traditional birthplace of jesus. >>> meanwhile, in washington, as debates over the federal budget continued, religious leaders gathered outside the capitol to once again demand a budget they described as moral and fair. the group brought along fish and loaves of bread, a reference to jesus's miraculous feeding of thousands of people with a small amount of food. arguing a moral budget does not take a miracle, the speakers urged lawmakers not to cut poverty programs or give tax breaks to the wealthy and corporations. >> just like in the scriptures where jesus blessed and broke the loaves and fish and said "share
marriage to opposite-sex couples only. on the same night californians voted barack obama in office, they ovgot this vote back. >> they created the judiciary and legislature and they control the constitution. they decided that marriage should be between a man and woman. >> scott: supporters of gay marriage asked the california supreme court to strike down the newly enacted proposition 8, but in 2009, the state court upheld it. that was the end in state court, but marked an avenue in federal court. in 2010, federal judge walker struck it down saying it violated the equal protection under the law. in a split decision, a three-judge panel of the circuit court of appeals upheld that ruling last february. setting the stage before the u.s. supreme court. this past valentine's day, gay couples demanded marriage licenses at san francisco city hall as they have every year since 2004. they were turned away. >> it affects us in so many ways in our every day life. what we want is to be treated fairly. >> scott: i spoke with lieutenant governor gavin newsom recently about what compelled him to t
that bloomberg are is addressing. >> but we didn't ask to pick up 9 tab. it is obama care that foisted it. >> you are wrong about that. >> and we have to wore arery about the the smokers because of obama care. >> you said that. >> we have to do something about the gay bathhouses because aids is expensive and if i'm paying for it. >> geraldo: do they still have guy bathhouses? >> it is about insurance actuaries and if they determine things cost more money then you see insurance premiums g. the rest of us are hit with the costs. if gay bars were costing everyone a great deal of money and we were picking up the tab you might see enforcement there. that is not the case. >> why do you say it is not the case. >> if we are picking up the tab? >> geraldo: aren't the majority of aids patients on some kind of government coverage because the aids medication costs so much money. >> aids doesn't only affect homosexuals. >> and illegal drug use. mostly in this country it is homosexual behavior. i'm not the one that wants to go anything about it. if the argument is smoking we all have to pay. sodomy we all have
obama's top scientists telling congress this week we're behind. >> the number of undetected potential city killers is very large. it's in the range of about 10,000 or more. >> reporter: better detection of these objects could help us evacuate target areas and one day even redirect their path. scientists tell us like events we saw in russia happen once in a century. most meteors are much smaller and land in places where they can do no harm. some scientists say last night's meteor landed in the atlantic ocean somewhere. >> we will never know. a lot of people with their eyes to the sky. >>> we're going to turn to a new development in the story we've been following on "world news." the killing of a prison official by a suspect who came to his front door, rang the ball belle and shot him. evidence collected at the scene of a high speed car chase and shoot-out that followed in texas, does link the gunman evan ebel to the murder in colorado. shell casings at both sites appear to be the same. >>> a stunning turn in another case, the new york man who just two days ago walked out of prison a fr
back. president obama pushing for an increase in the minimum wage to $9 an hour. but business is debating the unintended consequences of such a move. this week i caught up with starbucks ceo and founder howard schultz to talk about that, farming, and how high-tech is driving his business. >> some big news in the day was taking our loyalty program and our mobile payment business, which is very strong in our retail stores and leveraging it into the grocery store. so a customer buying a pound of coffee or a bottle of frappuccino at their local grocery store will get a reward and incentive to bounce back into the u.s. retail stores. >> you have been leveraging technology for a little while. how is that partnership with square going, howard? >> really well. you know, we made a $25 million investment in square because of the seismic change in technology, and specifically, smartphones. we are now the leading retailer in consumer brand in the world in terms of mobile payment transactions, over $3 million a week. so we are i think very enthusiastic about what will payment, our partners
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